Karun Chandhok joins HRT F1 for 2010

Karun Chandhok has raced in GP2 for the last three years

Karun Chandhok has raced in GP2 for the last three years

Karun Chandhok has taken the last place on the 2010 F1 grid with HRT.

The Indian driver will partner Bruno Senna, who was his team mate at GP2 team iSport in 2008.

Chandhok has spent the last three years in GP2. He scored his first win in the category in the sprint race at Spa in 2007, and won again at Hockenheim last year.

He joined former F1 driver Tiago Monteiro’s Ocean Racing Technology team last year and was leading comfortably in the sprint race at Monaco last year when his car let him down. He ended the season 18th in the championship having finished tenth in 2008.

His appointment means Jose Maria Lopez, who was supposed to make his F1 debut with US F1, does not have an F1 race seat.

Chandhok is only the second Indian driver to race in F1. The first was Narain Karthikeyan who spent a single season at Jordan five years ago. Coincidentally, his team mate was Monteiro.

We also now have a complete list of 2010 F1 race drivers and teams with only a few reserve driver roles left to fill.

Read more: Karun Chandhok (Meet the rookies)

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134 comments on Karun Chandhok joins HRT F1 for 2010

  1. Spud said on 7th March 2010, 22:44

    “He ended the season 18th in the championship having finished tenth in 2008.”

    That’s not really a great record. Fair enough he has won races but I’d expect his CV to say a bit more than 10th and 18th in GP2.

    Good luck to him though.

  2. Chaz said on 11th March 2010, 18:26

    Naturally I wish him all the best. I think however we need a poll as to whom we expect to be this years chaos causer or crash test dummy…

  3. Manny said on 14th March 2010, 11:01

    Karun won races. But can someone the clarify meaning of sprint race ? Is this a race where a driver placed 8th in the main race gets the pole position. If I am not mistaken Karun’s race victories were in sprint races righ ?

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